From Civilian Power to Superpower?

The International Identity of the European Union

  • Richard G. Whitman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Defining International Identity

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  3. Identifying the International Identity

  4. The Facets and Sources of Influence on the International Identity

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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 244-251

About this book


From Civilian Power to Superpower? asserts that a new, distinctive and significant actor has entered the international system. The text explores how the European Union has become a significant international actor without transforming itself into a nation-state. The international context, within which the Union now operates, and the instruments, now available at its disposal, have undergone a convergence to create circumstances in which the relative significance of the Union and its uniqueness in the international system has been enhanced.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Richard G. Whitman
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  1. 1.University of WestminsterLondonUK

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